No matter how motivated a person you are, days come up when working out simply feels impossible. Maybe you feel tired, or maybe you're simply not in the mood. Whatever the case, here are a few things you can do to make your workout session more appealing.

  • Just do 10 minutes.
    Sometimes you feel like you simply don't have the time or energy for a full 30 or 40 minute session. So don't do it! Just get yourself to do it for 10 minutes or so. Either you will simply benefit from a short stint of exercise, or you'll find yourself increasingly motivated with each passing minutes. Remember that exercise releases stimulating endorphins after just a few minutes of activity.
  • Get into your workout clothes.
    Sometimes your body just needs a prompt to get it into the proper mood for a particular activity. Just like some people can't get themselves in the right headspace for sleep until they've brushed their teeth, maybe your body needs to be reminded to exercise by slipping into your exercise clothes.
  • Crank up the tunes.
    Make a playlist of your favorite workout songs. Hit play and crank it up. Start moving. The rest will take care of itself.
  • Ask a friend to join you.
    Sometimes all it takes is a bit of company to get you motivated, especially if you have someone along who likes to coach you on.
  • Remind yourself why you workout.
    Sit for a moment and think about all the reasons you started working out in the first place.
  • Try something new.
    Sometimes a particular workout simply gets stale. If you're used to always hitting the gym, try biking or swimming.
  • Use social media.
    There are plenty of apps designed to help people motivate one another to workout. Or just post on Facebook about your lack of motivation, and watch the comments pour in.
  • Think of workout alternatives.
    Maybe that means just getting yourself moving by cleaning or rearranging your house, or taking the dog for a walk.
  • Check out YouTube.
    Sometimes all it takes is seeing a few videos of people accomplishing incredible fitness feats.

Something else to keep in mind is that if you are really having trouble getting in the mood, you might be overtraining. If you haven't taken a day off in more than a week or if you have nagging pains or soreness that has been around for more than a few days, maybe it's actually time to give yourself a break. Nothing will keep you away from your fitness routine longer than pushing yourself to the point of injury.